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EIA regulation amendments promotes integration

By: David D‘ Oliveira The amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations under the National Environmental Management Act, which came into effect in December last year, supports the early integration of social and environmental aspects into mining project design, says consulting engineers and... 

Increased focus on enviro management in tough investment climate

By: David D‘ Oliveira The increasing focus on mitigating the environmental and social impacts of mining is making securing financing to develop new and expand existing mining projects more difficult, says specialist mining consultancy The MSA Group. MSA principal environmental consultant Robin Bolton explains that... 

Increased focus on enviro management in tough investment climate
FINDING A SOLUTION Environmental and social risk imperatives will always be present and companies have to find means to identify, manage and limit those risks

Legislative changes to result in improved enviro protection

By: David D‘ Oliveira While recent changes to legislation have not affected the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) role as controlling authority in terms of issuing mining environmental authorisations, penalties for noncompliance are greater than what they were under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources... 

Legislative changes  to result in improved enviro protection
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NEMA AMENDMENTS, SAFER ENVIRONMENT Increased penalties should result in the environment being better protected in the areas affected by mining activities

Nema amendments bring land rehabilitation to the fore

By: David D‘ Oliveira Amendments made to the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) in October last year indicate that government is focusing more on mining-related land rehabilitation schemes, says land rehabilitation membership organisation the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (LaRSSA) council... 

Nema amendments bring land rehabilitation to the fore
LAND REHABILITATION FOCUS The Nema amendments have shifted the focus from closure plans as a guide for post-mining planning documentation to rehabilitation plans

New extinguisher system eliminates need for harmful chemicals

By: David D‘ Oliveira Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions launched its environment-friendly water-based extinguisher system EXTINGUISHmist in November last year after it had received certification from the South African Bureau of Standards. I-Cat product specialist Eugene Kleynhans explains... 

GIS software application manages mining’s environmental impact

By: Carina Borralho In response to mining company’s moral duty to protect the planet’s natural resources and uplift societies in which they operate, environmental and social solutions provider Digby Wells Environmental offers the mining industry a Geographic Information System (GIS) service, which allows for... 

Mining giant invests significantly in environmental protection

By: Carina Borralho South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is forced to take drastic measures with regard to environmental protection efforts, especially at its Secunda-based underground coal mining complex, which covers more than 1 1002 km and is one of the largest in the country, says Sasol spokesperson Alex... 

Mining giant invests  significantly in  environmental protection
CLEAN MEANS OF MINING Sasol incorporates dust control technology into its operations to enhance the safety and health of its employees and the quality of the air in the surrounding environment

New legal framework for mine dumps defines ownership

By: Carina Borralho The amendments and further proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) attempt to clarify the regulation of mine dumps created before the commencement of the MPRDA. The environmental regulation of such dumps that were intended to be reprocessed was... 

Testing services provider prioritises the environment, promotes sustainability

By: Carina Borralho Inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has, as part of its endeavour to promote sustainability and environmental protection in the mining industry, been servicing South Africa’s minerals sector by testing water, soil and air samples. The company says test results are... 

Award focuses on rehabilitation through landscape architecture

University of Cape Town graduate Phillippa Hedley won brick manufacturing company Corobrik’s Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Project award in Cape Town, in December last year, along with a R3 000 prize for her thesis on disused landscapes and the potential that mines, urban... 

Gold mine installs oily-water treatment, recycling system

By: Sashnee Moodley Environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies reports that, in January, it supplied an oily-water treatment solution, Ultraspin, for a car wash bay at gold producer Gold Fields’ Tarkwa mine, in Ghana.  

Mine lake rehabilitation proposal seeks African mining partner

By: Sashnee Moodley Australian company Ngalang Boodja Enterprises (NBE) is hoping to break new ground in the African mining sector through the commercial use of mine voids.  

Mining giant invests in environmental, community sustainability

By: Sashnee Moodley Diversified miner Anglo American aims to add to South African mining’s environmental sustainability and green economic growth through a R100-million investment in its Green Fund, which falls under the company’s enterprise development arm Zimele. 

New multigas detector for mining industry

By: Sashnee Moodley To increase safety and to reduce harmful gas emissions in the mining industry, safety equipment manufacturer Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa added the Altair 4X Mining gas detector to its Altair range of multigas detectors in June last year. 

$1.1m water treatment project complete

By: Gia Costella Local engineering specialists, Procon, have completed the installation of a $1.1-million water separation system for international mining giant Vale’s $2-billion Moatize coal-mining project, in Tete, Mozambique. 

Effective lubrication and filtration lower environmental footprint

By: Gia Costella Using the correct filtration and lubrication system will help mining companies lower their energy consumption, reduce their carbon footprint and decrease their environmental impact, while improving production capacities, advises wear control specialist Filter Focus South Africa chief operating... 

Firm assists companies in developing environment-friendly operations

By: Gia Costella Consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Africa says it has become increasingly important for the mining industry to mitigate environmental impact and confront other issues that go beyond compliance with legislated environmental standards, which the mining industry has had to... 

Greater intervention needed to tackle acid mine drainage 

By: Gia Costella The environmental risks and hazards associated with acid mine drainage (AMD) and radioactivity within South Africa’s Witwatersrand goldfields are issues that need to be tackled more seriously, despite current initiatives by government, reports environmental protection group Federation for a... 

Mining sector has varying opinions on climate change

A global survey on the effects of climate change by professional audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG highlights a significant difference in opinion among senior mining executives on the issue of climate change and the effects that it will have on the industry. 

Abandoned asbestos mine rehabilitation contract renewed

By: Natasha Odendaal The rehabilitation of abandoned asbestos mines is set to continue with the three-year renewal of mineral and metallurgical specialist Mintek’s rehabilitation contract with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). 

Despite declaration of sensitive lands, challenges remain

By: Natasha Odendaal The Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) decision, as stated at the 2011 Mining Indaba, to not grant prospecting or mining rights applications in areas of critical biodiversity and hydrological sensitivity has been welcomed as a much-needed and positive step in the right direction for South... 

Uncertainty around enviro authorisation, land use planning

By: Natasha Odendaal There is uncertainty as to whether the environmental authorisation under the National Environmental Management Act, No 107 of 1998, and land use planning approval are needed to undertake mining activities. 

Wonderfonteinspruit catchment area still a concern

By: Natasha Odendaal Uranium contamination of the environment from mines is an ongoing concern for surrounding communities in the Wonderfonteinspruit catchment area (WCA), west of Gauteng. 

Bioremediation - nature restoring nature 

Environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies has noticed that local coal mines are creating landfill sites where they undertake their own remediation on site to prevent excessive environmental damage. 

Environmental company assigned to power station project

Environmental consulting company Golder Associates head of the ecology division Danie Otto has recently completed his third search and rescue project for State-owned power utility Eskom's new Kusile power station, where hundreds of protected and endangered plant species have been preserved. 

Mines get to grips with green issues

For the mining industry in Southern Africa, environmental and social issues are no longer ‘nice to have’ items, but are key to developing and running sustainable businesses. 

New air quality monitoring 
system introduced into South African industry

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell International environmental air quality monitoring specialists Aeroqual has launched its AQM 60 Air Quality Station in South Africa. The unit introduces compact and cost effective air quality monitoring for industries and urban areas. 

Smokeless incinerators for enhanced environmental protection

Engineering product manufacturer Ai-Tec’s manufacturing arm Macrotec, specialises in the production of a wide range of engineering and mining products that includes smokeless incinerators designed for efficient performance and enhanced care for the environment. 

Wonderfonteinspruit in final decision phase

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell The Mining Interest Group (MIG), an environmental management group within the mining industry, chairperson Phillip Jacobs tells Mining Weekly that extensive studies relating to pollution performed on the Wonderfonteinspruit (WFS), in the Gauteng and North West provinces, have contributed towards... 

Proposed gold mine threatens Ghana Forest Reserve

Environmental and human rights organisations from three continents have criticised the plans of US gold mining company Newmont Mining Corporation to develop an open pit gold mine.  

Crystallisation plant for nickel project under way

Water and wastewater treatment specialist VWS Envig is currently completing a turnkey project for the Ambatovy project, in Madagascar. The large nickel project includes the design and construction of an ammonium sulphate processing plant. 

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